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B-52s Challenge Chinese Airspace Claim

B-52s Challenge Chinese Airspace Claim

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Two B-52 bombers flew through airspace recently claimed by China as part of its territorial air defense zone.

The flights happened Monday.

A defense department official says the B-52s were not armed and flew as part of a long-planned flight.

He says the Chinese did not challenge the US bombers in any way.

The Wall Street Journal reports the B-52s took off from Guam and flew over islands claimed by both China and Japan.

The Chinese recently claimed a large chunk of the airspace near the islands as their own and said today its air defenses had monitored the bombers as they flew nearly two-and-a-half hours in the disputed airspace.

The US has two bases that are home to B-52s - Minot and Barksdale.

Currently, B-52s from Barksdale are on assignment to Guam to provide a bomber presence in that region.

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